Philips enters Media Center game

Dutch trailblazer Philips has a vision of a ‘connected planet’, where everyone is free to wirelessly access content anywhere in their homes. Some have

Dutch trailblazer Philips has a vision of a ‘connected planet’, where everyone is free to wirelessly access content anywhere in their homes. Some have called it a dreamer, but like the Lennon of electronics it’s ploughed ahead and built its first media centre.

The MCP9350i was due to launch last October following an incendiary debut at the IFA show in Germany, but has only just become available in the UK.

Looking not unlike the Hi-Grade DMS systems, it’s designed to sit in your living room and wirelessly spread your recorded video, music and photos around your pad via Wi-Fi.

Running Windows XP Media Centre Edition, it packs a 250GB hard drive and has two tuners – both analogue sadly – to let you watch one while recording the other.

It’s also got HDMI connectivity for your high-def TV, although there’s a scart option too if you haven’t got round to choosing your flat screen job yet.

Luckily for its multimedia aspirations, it’s also very format friendly – you can burn all types of DVD, and there’s an 8-in-1 memory card reader for all your digicam snaps.

The final piece of good news is that it’s available now for £1000 – head over to Philip’s site for info on your nearest stockist.